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The state and territory member Societies provide services to animals in need through their shelters and inspectorates. In the national office, RSPCA Australia works to influence animal welfare policy, practice and legislation across the country
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Enforcing the law

RSPCA member Societies, with the exception of RSPCA Darwin, enforce state and territory animal welfare legislation through their Inspectorate functions.

Where incidences of animal cruelty or animal welfare concerns are reported, Inspectors have the power to investigate and prosecute those involved.

The exact powers to enforce animal welfare law differ across states and territories, so consult your local RSPCA for more information or to report cruelty.

Our powers

RSPCA Inspectors have a range of powers to enforce animal welfare law and investigate animal cruelty offences. Inspectors also work with animal owners to educate and advise them on appropriate animal care.

  • enter property;
  • seize animals;
  • seize evidence of animal cruelty offences;
  • issue animal welfare directions/notices;
  • issue on-the-spot fines; and
  • initiate prosecutions under animal welfare legislation.

Although inspectors are afforded these powers, in the majority of cases inspectors will seek to resolve animal welfare issues through the provision of education and advice. Enforcement action, such as the seizure of animals and initiation of prosecutions, is reserved for serious cases of animal mistreatment.

State and territory RSPCA inspectorate information

Find out more about your state or territory RSPCA inspectorate

Please note Northern Territory reports should be made through the NT Government.

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